You don’t know – Monday Listicles

I thought I would stray from the beaten path (and briefly away from all the holiday hoo ha) with my list today, and instead, provide some information on the weird, wacky, and twisted…..person that is me.   So here is my list of ten things you probably did not know about me:

  • I am a fanatic about famous quotes, most specifically regarding writing, literature and prose.  My very favorite quote is “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”  by William Wordsworth.  Every time I read that quote, repeat it aloud or even just think about it, my heart gets lighter. 
  • I honestly adore my Daughter-in-Law to be.  She is kind to me and cooks some wicked delicious Curry.
  • I am deathly afraid of spiders.  Please, if you love me or like me or even barely tolerate me, Never try to scare me with any type of spider…live, dead, plastic or otherwise. I will most certainly have a heart attack.  Mine is a very serious phobia.
  • I am truly kind, but I won’t be anybody’s bitch.  
  • I am a huge Aerosmith fan.  I know that wasn’t my ‘time period’ but I love Aerosmith.  I haven’t heard a song from them that I don’t like.   Are they the spawn of my beloved Rolling Stones?  Just a random weird thought.
  • I hate the color green.  Has something to do with bullies from my school days, but I will spare you the details.
  • My older son is a math genius, but I’m really not good at math at all.  He gets his math skill from his Dad and his Charm from me.  Obviously.
  • I once toured Greece by myself.  True story.  I was on a bus tour of Athens and I was the only American on the tour.  If memory serves, there were two Japanese guys, two French guys, four young women from South Africa, and a family from Australia.  We all had a wonderful evening together, wining and dining in Athens.  On the way back to the hotel, one of the French guys tried to hit on me.   How do you say in French, “You’re barking up the wrong American, buddy.  However, I might be interested in your sister if she can lick my earlobe the way you just did”.   I don’t speak French….not verbally anyways.  
  • I hate okra, liver and sweet potatoes.   And I’m not too crazy about Brussels sprouts.
  • Wool makes me itch, plaid makes me nervous, spandex makes me cringe, but cashmere makes me  !*(&%#.     Oooooh la la 

So there you have it, ten weird things about me most people don’t know.  So now it’s your turn.  What’s something about You that I probably don’t know?   Curious minds…..

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vidya Sury
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 20:51:34

    This is such a cool list! I am a die-hard Aerosmith/Famous quote fan too, and can’t stand spiders either. Used to not like green, but lately, have started to 🙂 and no idea why! You know, it is said that okra makes you better at Math 😀 Figures why Sury’s a mathematician – I make it at least thrice a week.

    I hate lizards – and if one somehow gets in the house, cannot rest until they’re out of the house. All that live and let live I believe in does not include them and cockroaches. YYYYuck!

    I almost never get angry :-D. I just become passive. See the halo?

    Huggs! Terri. Love your Monday listicles (gosh, I keep thinking testicles each time I read that word!)


    • northwestmommy
      Dec 18, 2011 @ 21:05:25

      I don’t like okra and I knew there was a more reasonable explanation to my lack of math skills then just being blond. It was okra all along!!


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 16:31:23

      **Testicles….LOLOL I remember thinking the same thing some time ago when I first saw this meme over on Two Normal Moms blog.
      Yes indeed I loves me some Aerosmith. I guess I just don’t want to grow up!


  2. Sandy Webb
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 20:54:23

    Greece!! The only place I haven’t been that I would love to go. It truly is my dream vacation. There are only 2 types of poisonous spiders in the US. The Brown Recluse & Black Widow. I have been bit by both! Therefore I too am terrified of spiders. The Recluse put me in the hospital for a week.


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 16:33:34

      Wow! I’ve heard bad things about those brown recluse spiders. My friend Michelle had one climb in bed with her, and of course, bit her. She was sick as a dog too. YUCK.


  3. northwestmommy
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 21:10:46

    This is fun. You are so much fun in your randomness. My kid is math mad. But neither of us can do anything above basic calculations so I guess there is a paternity investigation looming 🙂


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 16:35:45

      Thanks Stasha. I was a bad girl in that I didn’t follow the week’s topic. I’ll behave next week I promise.


      LMAO. Well, probably.


  4. Bridget
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 22:04:50

    Nice list! Even if it was off topic. I’m jealous of your trip to Greece, even the french guy. I probably would have taken him up on it:)


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 16:38:26

      Hi Bridget and thanks for stopping over. Yes I was off topic, but I’m kinda “off” in lots of things. LOL
      And the French guy? I do remember he was cute, so if I played ball on that side of the fence….then maybe. But it was not to be.



  5. Kiddothings
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 04:30:58

    Great to know more about you through this list. I’m hopeless at math and can’t stand liver too 🙂


  6. Jackie (@notwifezilla)
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 05:41:27

    What a fabulous list! I’m jealous of your Greece trip and unfortunately, I believe my daughter’s emerging math acuity is coming from her father, not me. I only wish I was more mathematically sound!


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 21:53:02

      Yea me too! My lack of math expertise has hindered some of my efforts in the past. Annoying when I have to call my son for advice. LOL


  7. Eva Gallant
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 05:48:18

    Great list. I love sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts! I’m pretty good at math, don’t like liver. I’ve never been off the continent of North America. My favorite part of the turkey is the neck. How’s that for weird?


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 21:54:39

      Turkey neck? You like what you like. Not weird just who you are. Ok, it is a little bit weird. LOL


  8. Ally
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 07:24:07

    My son also has crazy math skills. He’s taking college level calculus as a high school junior. I avoided walking on the same side of the hallway as the calculus class when I was in high school…
    I would never put a whole, cooked brussel sprout near my mouth. But I learned to slice them super thin and saute them with a little olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and just tiny sprinkle of sea salt. YUM!
    Your DIL sounds like a peach. Lucky for all of you.
    You and I could have fun listening to the Stones and Aerosmith. 🙂
    I LOVE that quote!


  9. julie gardner
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 08:59:20

    I can’t believe I’ve never seen that Wordsworth quotation before.
    I hardly need a Christmas gift after reading his words.

    Which is good because last year my husband got me a food processor.

    Thanks for being my Santa this year.
    And making me smile.


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 21:55:36

      You’re welcome. I am all about making lovely ladies smile!

      And I mean that in only the most respectful way.



  10. littlepatti
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 10:14:32

    “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. So, Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy,
    Would this come in under “famous quotes”… or no?
    (Hey! MY BRAIN took me there.)
    I love sweet potatoes, and liver. (Never eat liver any more-Organs-not good etc).
    I have never tasted Okra. I always throw out (not up) squash that I cook- I also throw out Lamb Chops. Smells too disgusting to eat! and beer smells bad.
    I am not a fussy eater-Those are the only no-no’s.
    I love Pecan pie, Butter tarts, any pie, Cashews….But Instead of making a long list:
    I LOVE anything high in calories- The higher, the more love.
    I LIKE most moderately reasonable food : Vegs, Salad, Fruit
    and I hate just a couple of things-(Lamb & squash) and beer.(It’s shameful, I know).
    My husband claims that Beer contains the 4 major food groups- Hops, barley etc.
    That’s more than you even need to know about me.


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 21:57:00

      OK, Patti, if you’re going to call that a ‘famous quote’, you need to include the author. Just sayin…
      Even fuzzy wuzzy needs to be recognized.


  11. cuhome
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 11:42:25

    I’m seriously phobic about snakes, has something to do with big brother dropping a live garter snake down my tucked-in tee shirt one day. I ran screaming into the house, found mom in the kitchen, pulled out my tee-shirt, at which time the snake fell to the floor of the kitchen. Let’s just say Mom didn’t appreciate it. Big brother got it.

    Oh, and I, too, hate sweet potatoes and yams. I don’t care how much brown sugar, butter, marshmallows or whatever you smother them with, they still make me gag. For a long while, I decided that each Christmas I would make myself take just one, teeny bite, try to get used to them, maybe even like them. Gag, gag, gag. So, a few years ago, I simply decided, “I do not like sweet potatoes and yams”. And from then on, no more teensy, itsy-bitsy bites to try to like them, because I don’t!! Life’s been (and Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner) much better since just relenting to that simple little fact.


  12. Karla Telega
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 19:30:41

    I like mayonnaise sandwiches, and by “mayonnaise” I mean Miracle Whip. Just bread and Miracle Whip. I never thought it was weird until everyone who’s ever seen me eat one told me so.


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 21:17:54

      I’m telling you, we are kindred spirits. I used to eat mayonnaise sandwiches when I was growing up. I haven’t eaten any since, but I do eat tomato slices and mayo on wheat bread sometimes. YUMMMSSS


  13. Rachel (Totally Ovar It)
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 19:57:33

    You ARE truly kind; and spiders can suck it! There are a few dislikes with I disagree, but dammit, I love you so much it doesn’t even remotely matter. Loves!


  14. My Inner Chick
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 20:21:32

    *****“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”***

    I Love That!

    Terri, it is so fun getting to know more about you my dear.

    You are VERY interesting.

    How do you say Fan-fucking-tastic in French? X


  15. Alison@Mama Wants This
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 21:27:51

    My husband hates spiders too!

    I have a strange aversion to wet hair, including my own. I need to dry it as soon as I finish washing it!


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 22:00:45

      Hi Alison and thanks for stopping over. I just grew my hair out this year for the first time in 25 years. I like it except for the fact that I absolutely hate washing and drying it. It takes forever! Almost makes me want to cut it all off. LOL


      • cuhome
        Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:06:27

        I once shaved my hair ~~ yes, completely shaved it bald. Because I was going to school, a single mom of 2 kids, running a daycare, and ~~ the real reason~~ I had managed to turn it Christmas tree green messing around with hair color. I did love having no hair, though. To say it was no bother is an understatement. (PS~ heads aren’t round! They’re lumpy.)

      • tsonoda148
        Dec 20, 2011 @ 13:03:38

        OMG, Janet, that is really kinda cool! You got some balls…, I mean, lots of courage! I am impressed, and that’s an understatement! You go girl!

  16. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 03:48:17

    I just love spiders. There’s probably not much that you don’t know about me. My blog is a tell-all!

    Let’s see. I think reptiles know something their aren’t telling us. Just look at their grin–it’s a self-satisfied “I know something you don’t know but wish you did” grin. I think they know the secret to the Universal truths we all wonder about.

    Most people don’t know that about me. If they did, I’d be writing this from a hospital bed!


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 20, 2011 @ 07:00:55

      Hi Lorna. Yes I think we are very different indeed. Maybe that’s why we are both curious about each others lives. I love reading your story. It’s pretty amazing. I have quite a story myself, but I don’t put it on here because it would be too exhausting, quite frankly. Have a lovely holiday! Hugssss.


  17. Kimberly
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 12:21:05

    You hate sweet potatoes?
    Then you’ve never had mine.
    Did that sound kinky?
    I also hate the colour green. and that Americans spell colour with no u. Kidding. It’s cool.
    I quote Clark Griswald all year round
    “This is going to be the hap hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby danced with Danny fucking Kay”
    That movie (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation) is the best.


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 20, 2011 @ 13:06:50

      I’d like a dollar for every time a woman has told me “You hate sweet potatoes? Then you’ve never had mine.” Yeah right. Hasn’t worked so far. LMAO Still hate sweet potatoes. Actually, I like the way you people spell things….kinda all proper and stuff, like the UK. And National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a yearly tradition at my house. We watch it on Christmas Eve, right after we watch “A Christmas Carol”. After Scrooge, we need some laughs! You gotta love Clark Griswald!


  18. Janice (@mommyslounge)
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 21:03:10

    Haha! That Greece story with the French guy is funny! Must have been quite a trip! Pun intended!


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 20, 2011 @ 22:23:40

      Hi Janice. Thanks for stopping by! It was a lot of fun. We had all been out to eat and drank a lot too much of this Greek anise-flavored aperitif called Ouzo and we were pretty looped. I was flirting too because I’m a flirt. Of course, this was many years ago. Funny what you remember about the “olden days”, as my sons call them. LOL


  19. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 19:05:06

    All these years of friendship of varying degrees and I never knew you were an Aerosmith fan. How could that be? “Seasons of Wither” one of my all-time favorite songs. (I can see the Rolling Stones/Aerosmith connection…especially when comparing the mouths of Mick and Steven.)

    I love, love this: “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” Thank you!

    Merry, merry Christmas, my friend!


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